The endless states and territories of the USA harbor plenty of hidden travel gems, with some more hidden than others. Cassadaga is just one example. Settled in an unsuspecting corner of Florida on the southern coast, this humble town has come to be known by many as the ‘psychic capital of the world’.
Why visit Cassadaga?
It’s a long way to go to get your fortune told that’s for sure, but for thousands of visitors every year, the trip and travel is worth the expense. It’s a pilgrimage. It’s a novelty. And while not a personal experience, the volume of tourists and interest in this little community merits mentioning.
So whether you are interested in spiritualism or just curious to see this unique community, a short trip to Cassadaga might make for a great travel story!
24 Hours in Cassadaga, Florida
Cassadaga was founded in 1894 by spiritualists George Colby.
In its early days, the town attracted the affluent and well educated, coming from all over the country looking for answers and healing. The novelty has long worn off though and Cassadaga is now just a small town with a peculiar mix of tarot card readers, numerologists, and psychic healers, living alongside spiritual traditionalists who view their practice more as a religion than anything else.
But, a unique place to visit it definitely is. And, the town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where to Stay in Cassadaga – The Cassadaga Hotel
If you’re on the hunt for adventure, then look no further than this hotel. Renowned for being the only hotel in Cassadaga, the hotel also has a turbulent past that has contributed to its fame today. A fire in 1926 burned down the original building, making way for tales of ghostly spirits that still reside in the hotel today.
Legend has it that a previous resident of the hotel can still be found there today and if you’re lucky you may be able to feel his presence. He’s said to still hang out at the end of the hallway on the second floor, watching from above whilst smoking his cigar and enjoying a gin.
If this all sounds a bit frightening, then not to worry – the hotel says that only ‘friendly’ spirits dwell within its walls…
Things to Do in Cassadaga
1. The Lyonia Preserve
Sure, if you’re on your way to Cassadaga, the likelihood is you’re off to visit the psychics – and there’s plenty of them! But that doesn’t mean you can’t take in some of the nearby sights, too.
The Lyonia Preserve is a joint governmental effort, established and maintained by the State of Florida and its nearby Volusia County School Board. Consisting of over 360 acres of scrub habitat, the aim of the area is to provide an educational and natural space for the community for years to come. Hike the trails, watch the birds, hunt for turtles.
The Lyonia Preserve makes for a great day out, no matter whether you are traveling with friends, with the kids or are on a solo trip. Start at the Lyonia Environmental Center to learn more about this area, the vegetation, animals, etc.
2. The Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp
The Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is what people come to this part of Florida for.
The Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association, or more commonly, “the Camp,” is a Spiritualist Organization which was founded in 1894.
With a veterancy of mediums, healers, and teachers on hand, this community of spiritualists plays host to any and all with an interest.
There are weekly church services, message services, classes, and instructional workshops. There are seminars, tours, and bookable 1-1 sessions. It’s worth looking online, checking practitioners and planning ahead for the latter if you have a specific kind of reading in mind.
Considering that certain types of mediums, including those who do traditional tarot readings or a star chart reading, can be found very easily online and over the phone, we suggest that you focus on the more unusual practices. At the end of the day, though, all have value and all are worth your time, either as a curio or serious endeavor.
3. The Shoestring Theatre
So, 24 hours in Cassadaga. You’ve hiked the Preserve trails and had your reading – what’s next?
Well if you’re in the mood for a slice of local culture, the Shoestring Theatre might just make for an excellent bet. The Shoestring is a community holdfast, celebrating local Cassadaga actors and shows. There are musicals. There are plays. Show times are scheduled Thursday evening through to Sunday matinee, with separate pricing for Youth Theatre events.
4. The Cassadaga Spiritualist Psychic Center
Not had enough of the world famous Cassadaga psychics? The Spiritualist Psychic Centre is another option for intrepid tourists, offering telephone reading seven days a week if need be. So even if your 24 hours in Cassadaga is over, the community and services of this Florida town are never far away.
Alternatively, plan to attend an event, book an in-person reading or contact the center for more information.
Cassadaga may be the psychic capital of the world, but that’s not all there is to this corner of Florida. So if you ever find yourself in the area with 24 hours to spare, consider paying Cassadaga a visit! It’s definitely one of the more unique places to visit in the USA…
And, Cassadaga is an easy day trip from both Orlando and Daytona Beach!
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